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Bill Cosby Reportedly Requests Less Testimonies At Retrial

Bill Cosby will head into court with a team lead by a former attorney for Michael Jackson, to request that the number of women permitted to testify be lessened after last year’s hung jury.

On Monday (Mar. 5), Bill Cosby will head into court with a team lead by Tom Mesereau, a former attorney for Michael Jackson, to request that the number of women permitted to testify be lessened after last year’s hung jury. The team, including Cosby, will take the request to the same judge from last year’s trial, Steven O’Neill. Their argument is that the earliest allegations date back to the 1960s and are “virtually impossible to defend against,” according to the Associated Press.

The comedian was the first black actor to star in a TV drama with his leading role as a detective in I Spy back in the '60s. Cosby’s role earned him three Emmys. Then, almost two decades later, he became the beloved and well-known paternal figure in The Cosby Show as Cliff Huxtable. His status as a public figure was undoubtedly drawn from the character that everyone thought they knew and loved from a sitcom. Cosby’s image seemed indestructible, his true disposition assumed.

But the 2005 lawsuit, Andrea Constand v. William H. Cosby, Jr. would alter everything, beginning over a decade of accusations of sexual assault and harassment. Still, that case (centered around a night in 2004), ended with an undisclosed cash settlement a year later. The case later acted as the onset of the revelation of a five-decade pattern of the same conduct with multiple women.

After the case, Cosby, now 80, was then accused of having drugged multiple women. Several came forth, testifying against Cosby in 2017. But it was deemed a mistrial as jurors couldn’t settle on a verdict and a retrial was set for April 2 [of 2018]. Though Cosby was free to go on $1 million bail, he went into hiding. Cosby was last seen in Philadelphia this past January, performing for the first time in over two years. In a possible attempt to repair his public persona, the appearance was only a shock in timing as there have been a few other ventures to rebuild Cosby's image.

The retrial is weeks away but the pretrial hearing will precede it. Cosby's lawyers and spokesperson will argue that the other accusers’ accusations aren’t supported by enough evidence to meet the legal standard necessary for prosecutors to properly defend Cosby. The request is allegedly being set forth in order to avoid another mistrial.

A 2015 deposition requested by the Associated Press contains Cosby's admission of having used prescribed, and now outlawed, quaaludes in the 1970s as sedatives on women he wanted to have sex with.

The pretrial is untimely, occurring only 10 days after the death of Cosby’s daughter, Ensa, who died of kidney disease. But lawyers have not requested to delay any trials, AP News reports.

Jury selection will begin on March 29.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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